Deadline is exclusively reporting that Saoirse Ronan is to star in the film adaptation of Camilla Gibb’s bestselling novel Sweetness In The Belly.
Saoirse Ronan will be playing the role of Lilly Abdal, a woman caught between two places: one of her birth parents and the other, where she was adopted, raised and fell in love. Orphaned in Africa as a child, Lilly’s first experience of her parents’ homeland of England is as a refugee, escaping civil war. As lost in this cold new world as her fellow immigrants, Lilly becomes the heart of this disenfranchised community in London, attempting to reunite people with their scattered families. But as her friend Amina discovers, Lilly’s mission isn’t purely altruistic and a passionate lost love affair is revealed between Lilly and Aziz, an idealistic doctor.
Hanway Films is shopping the project to buyers in Berlin next month, with Zeresenay ‘Zee’ Berhane Mehari set to direct the project and Alan Moloney serving as producer under the Parallel Films banner.